Simon Hetherington is a stand up comedian, actor and a children’s author & illustrator. He was born and raised in the North East of England in a little town called North Shields where Simon started out as an actor. In his late 20's Simon tried his hand at stand up comedy and spent a decade in the industry. When he became a father he started moving into children's entertainment, being part of and hosting a variety of children's comedy shows in the North East.
Simon has always been passionate about his local community and the North East. With true Geordie spirit and passion he is a die hard fan of Newcastle United through good times and bad.
Simon is often involved in local events and is also a Non-Executive Director of Social Enterprise; Mindstars CIC - working to educate and empower children's mental health. Simon takes an active part in fundraising events and offers support to the organisation where needed.
COLIN THE MONSTER
Colin the Monster is Simon's debut picture book with his co-author and daughter Isabella Hetherington. The idea for the book came about when Simon had a serious medical condition in 2018 and was unable to do much of day to day activities. Isabella would sit on the bed with Simon and together they came up with the idea of Colin the Monster - a guy that was different in many ways from all the others as he had sausages for fingers and an onion for a head!! The illustrations within the book are Isabella's drawings which Simon has digitally illustrated. The book had a launch party in May 2018 and they have gone on to sell hundreds of books all over the world!
In 2020 they went on to write Colin Saves Christmas along with little brother Joel this time. The artwork in the book is a mixture of Isabella and Joel's drawings - with the help of children from across the UK after Simon called upon them to send in their elf drawings to include in the book!
'Worried Frank' is a collaboration with former English boxer Frank Bruno MBE based on a range of children's mental health topics. Both Hetherington and Bruno have openly talked about having lived experiences of mental health issues and actively campaigned for men's and children's mental health.
The books are aimed to creatively expand children's knowledge of mental health, whilst stimulating imagination. Simon has himself suffered from mental health issues from a young age and through his lived experiences with mental health problems he was inspired to help anyone going through similar problems.
During the global pandemic of COVID-19 and UK Lockdown in March of 2020, Simon and his wife Rebecca Hetherington launched free children's art classes online running twice a week for the duration of the lockdown. These interactive classes were streamed live on social media platforms and were viewed by thousands of children and families across the UK. As the UK entered into their 3rd lockdown Simon and Rebecca started up the streams again to offer some routine to children's days.